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Squish to condish!
« on: 08 Jul 14 / 10:29 PM »
I don't know how many of you here have curly hair but I thought you might like to know about a new way I've been conditioning my curly hair and how well I've gotten on with it!

I know you've all heard of the curly girl method and I've come across a new way to condition my hair with silicone-free conditioner, squish to condish (s2c).
It's quite difficult to explain so I'm going to link you to a blog post I found (I hope it's a safe link for Nickki as far as hair products are concerned!)

http://dormroomcurly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/squish-to-condish-my-new-favorite-way.html

Here's a picture of my hair after 2 washes using this method



This is a massive improvement as my ends were really dry with little to no curl definition, I was even contemplating cutting a couple of inches but after a protein treatment and s2c I think I only need half an inch taken off now as my hair is so soft and defined!
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« Reply #1 on: 08 Jul 14 / 11:03 PM »
I don't really understand her description of what to do.

I'd try this as I have naturally curly hair but I'd be worried about conditioner build up as my hair is quite thick.

Is the idea to leave some conditioner in?
 

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« Reply #2 on: 08 Jul 14 / 11:12 PM »
I didn't really get the description in that link, this one was clearer for me http://www.thereoncewasacurl.com/blog/squish-to-condish I will give it a go next time i wash my mop.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 08 Jul 14 / 11:37 PM »
Looks interesting, I might well try that. Thanks :)
 

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« Reply #4 on: 09 Jul 14 / 01:38 AM »
That second link is actually great, explains what the process actually does! Thankyou!

The conditioner shouldn't build up if you use a cone free one, I wouldn't like to do this method with cones, what I tend to do is condition my whole head (I apply my conditioner to wet hair with no excess water squeezed out) comb to remove tangles, then tip my head upside down, run the water over to remove excess conditioner from my roots/my scalp as my hair isn't very dry there and excess conditioner causes limpness/greasiness, then I put a bit more conditioner into my hands and squish it into my hair, then I gradually squish water into my hair until it's wet but not dripping water, if that makes sense, essentially you're forcing water into your hair and using conditioner to seal the water in instead of just smoothing conditioner over the outside of the hair shaft.
Your hair should feel slippery like seaweed and sound like wet shoes when you squish it, that's the best way I can describe it haha
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« Reply #5 on: 09 Jul 14 / 11:35 PM »

The conditioner shouldn't build up if you use a cone free one, I wouldn't like to do this method with cones, what I tend to do is condition my whole head (I apply my conditioner to wet hair with no excess water squeezed out) comb to remove tangles, then tip my head upside down, run the water over to remove excess conditioner from my roots/my scalp as my hair isn't very dry there and excess conditioner causes limpness/greasiness, then I put a bit more conditioner into my hands and squish it into my hair, then I gradually squish water into my hair until it's wet but not dripping water, if that makes sense, essentially you're forcing water into your hair and using conditioner to seal the water in instead of just smoothing conditioner over the outside of the hair shaft.
Your hair should feel slippery like seaweed and sound like wet shoes when you squish it, that's the best way I can describe it haha

I tried this today, and although my hair doesn't feel any more moisturized than usual, it did curl beautifully.

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« Reply #6 on: 10 Jul 14 / 12:18 AM »
At least it worked kind of! Aha
And yus it is, they're my favourite band :)
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Re: Squish to condish!
« Reply #7 on: 10 Jul 14 / 02:47 AM »
dumb question.... do you wash the conditioner out as normal after?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 10 Jul 14 / 06:15 AM »
It looks like you get handfuls of water and squish them in after the last conditioner?

I used to do something similar, but I did just rinse it out after. But I'd then spend a little while, as my hair drip dried a bit, gently twisting my hair back into curls. Works really well and gave me perfect spirals. Then I'd 'squish' in a little of a cheap curl cream for some control as it dried. Then air dry. For 9 flipping hours lol
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« Reply #9 on: 10 Jul 14 / 03:37 PM »
Then air dry. For 9 flipping hours lol

Hehe, yeah, mine takes forever to air dry.

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« Reply #10 on: 10 Jul 14 / 04:51 PM »
You're not supposed to wash the conditioner out, you just keep squishing water in to sort of displace the conditioner if that makes sense.
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« Reply #11 on: 13 Jul 14 / 11:31 AM »
This sounds interesting and I have naturally curly hair too.  I'd love to try it but just got out of the shower and have deep conditioner under a cap at the moment.  I need to rinse in the sink,  I think it might be difficult to do over a sink?
 

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« Reply #12 on: 13 Jul 14 / 03:02 PM »
I tried it but it didnt work lol. I just couldn't get all the conditioner out, maybe I just have too much hair? I might have been doing it wrong, but i couldn't get the water to displace the conditioner, it took ages and my hair never stopped dripping. I had to use the shower in the end.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 13 Jul 14 / 07:23 PM »
I may not be understanding it correctly, but it sounds like sort of using an actual [cone-free] conditioner as a leave-in, the method seems to make sure every strand is really well-coated by describing you separate the hair and lift from the scalp as you apply, and you almost start styling the curls whilst it's wet by 'scrunching' (remember that method, with gel or mousse?).  The "rinsing" seems to get out just enough conditioner so it's not left too greasy.

What am I missing? ::)

I can't quite get the idea of trying to replace the conditioner with water, but if you're not rinsing out all the conditioner from the hair under the tap, then I'd agree that it would definitely leave the hair looking much healthier, and is probably quite good for it too if it's cone-free!


On occasion, I do use actual conditioner as a leave-in, but one of the products that gives my hair a real shine after washing/conditioning (besides my keratin blow-dry stuff!) is simply using coconut oil as a leave-in - not sopped on but just a small bit squeezed in and worked around at the lengths.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 15 Jul 14 / 02:15 PM »
I tried this today and it didn't go very well!  My hair still feels damp and a little gummy 5 hours later.  I think the conditioner not being completely rinsed off is weighing my hair down a bit and subduing my curls too. 
 

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« Reply #15 on: 15 Jul 14 / 02:29 PM »
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you almost start styling the curls whilst it's wet by 'scrunching' (remember that method, with gel or mousse?).

That's my theory.

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« Reply #16 on: 15 Jul 14 / 08:11 PM »
I really don't get it. I might be missing something.
Why squish water into your hair? It would be easier to wash as normal, brush your hair (with wide tooth comb or tangle teezer) and scrunch your hair as it'll be soaking wet out of the shower.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 15 Jul 14 / 08:23 PM »
I think the idea is to squish the water into your hair and seal it with the conditioner.
I don't really understand fully what it does, I just know it works for me and instead of wondering how it works why don't you just try it and see how it goes for you?

I know that the added conditioner adds firmness and definition to my curls in the shower.
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« Reply #18 on: 15 Jul 14 / 08:31 PM »
I think the idea is to get the water further into the hair to fully re-hydrate it. Apparently it takes quite a long time for hair to fully absorb water, so the squishing must help.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 15 Jul 14 / 08:45 PM »
I'll try it soon and see if it feels any different to what I used to do. My hair is suddenly deciding to curl on its own again, but it's too short to do it the way I used to, so this might be a bit more useful to force the curl back in.
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« Reply #20 on: 15 Jul 14 / 11:30 PM »
I think the idea is to get the water further into the hair to fully re-hydrate it. Apparently it takes quite a long time for hair to fully absorb water, so the squishing must help.

Yeah this is it! Then the remaining conditioner seals in the water that you just put into the hair. You want your hair at the end of squishing to be very visibly wet but not dripping water. It can take a while if your hair is very dry, so the first few times you do it it will still drip a bit but the more I do it the less my hair drips so my hair's getting more moisturised.
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« Reply #21 on: 16 Jul 14 / 12:36 AM »
It took a good 8 hours for my hair to dry today after doing this and it doesn't feel very nice now.  I can't wait to get the conditioner all rinsed out tomorrow.  Maybe my hair is a different texture but the conditioner  weighted my hair down and it's not as curly as it usually is.  Maybe I didn't do something right.    I used Happy Hair conditioner w/o silicones.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 16 Jul 14 / 12:44 AM »
Just tried this with slightly odd results. Attached a crude time line below, going left to right: before bleaching, average state of un-pin-curled bleached hair, and after trying the squish to condish method and letting my hair try over night (using the curly girl tshirt plopping method... thing). T

he curls it's given me look more like how my pin curls look than the waves I used to have before bleaching, they're sort of... thinner? Less curly at the top too. Still, a very nice result, though my hair does feel less dry and clean than it usually does straight after washing. I reckon I'll have to wash again after 4-5 days rather than my usual 6-8. I used a fair bit of mousse to achieve this style too. I wonder if it would have gone as curly just blowdryed it.

Gawd I miss just blowdrying my hair straight out of the shower and getting perfect waves :'(
 

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« Reply #23 on: 16 Jul 14 / 05:58 AM »
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you almost start styling the curls whilst it's wet by 'scrunching' (remember that method, with gel or mousse?).

That's my theory.

I wish I'd had the thought 15 years ago of giving what I did a fancy name and marketing it online ;) I could have been a curly girl hero by now lol

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I think the idea is to get the water further into the hair to fully re-hydrate it. Apparently it takes quite a long time for hair to fully absorb water, so the squishing must help.

Ah, that's a good explanation!

Tonight's my hair-washing night, so I'll try this, or some version (what I understand anyway). :)  Perhaps not to curl per se, but to really get a good conditioning.
 

 

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